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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Man out of $50,000 bond for domestic assault arrested in connection with triple homicide

The Arkansas State Police is handling the investigation of a tragic triple homicide of three family members and a child abduction that occurred this week in the rural community of Wesley in Madison County and a suspect is already in custody.

Officials in Saline County say 22-year-old Hunter Chenoweth of DeQueen is in the custody of Madison County Sheriff Office having been released to deputies at 1:04 p.m. on Wednesday.. He is a suspect in the deaths of Tami Lynn Chenoweth, 51, James Stanley McGhee, 59, and Cheyene Chenoweth, 26.

The victims were found in a residence on County Road 6041 and an infant as missing from the home.

Two vehicle had been reported at the scene of the homicide on Tuesday, and one of the two vehicles was found abandoned Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers spotted the second vehicle Tuesday night at just after 10pm at Benton. Chenoweth got out of van and had aa rifle in his possession and got into a verbal confrontation with officers before other troopers were able to subdue him from behind. Another woman, who was driving the van art the time of the traffic stop, was detained and questioned and later released.

The infant was found, unharmed, inside the van and was turned over to the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

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Chenoweth was already out on a $50,000 for a previous felony arrest in Washington County from 2020 in a case that was meandering its way through the court system.

He was was arrested on November 20, 202 on a warrant for Third Degree Domestic Battery and Endangering the Welfare of a Child that had been issued on March 6, 2020 and failed to appear in court on his scheduled date.

This is a developing story and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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